River Wey

We’re on the River Wey, filming for the planned River Wey and Basingstoke Canal DVDs.  With the recent wet weather it’s been a nightmare finding opportunities to film when the River Wey wasn’t in flood.  In the end, Monday and Tuesday provided enough great sunshine to film the River Wey.

Thames Lock
Thames Lock.

The River Wey joins the River Thames just below Shepperton Lock.  The last lock on the River Wey, as the water flows, but the first to be met by most boaters is Thames Lock.

Thames Lock flowerbed.
Thames Lock flowerbed.

The attractive Thames Lock is staffed, and we received a very friendly greeting from the Lock Keeper and her assistant.

Mills at Coxes Lock.
Mills at Coxes Lock.

Former mills at Coxes Lock provide an impressive sight.

Pyrford Lock.
Pyrford Lock.

Spectators at Pyrford Lock are dispersing as we leave the lock.  They were all keen to photograph us and a lovely couple who used to own their own boat offered to help to make our life easier.

Walsham Gates.
Walsham Gates.

Walsham Gates is one of two flood locks along the river and we were pleased to find it open.

Papercourt Lock Cottage.
Papercourt Lock Cottage.

With so many attractive lock cottages at the sixteen locks it’s difficult to know which to film.

Stoke Lock.
Stoke Lock.

Another attractive cottage in a different setting at Stoke Lock.

Godalming.
Godalming.

We paused at Godalming, squashed in close to the winding point at the corner marked by the white line, but not so close we block its use.

Limit of Navigation.
Limit of Navigation.

The limit of navigation is just beyond, at Town Bridge in Godalming.  This is the most southerly point boats can reach on the connected waterway system.

Yes, it is us.
Yes, it is us.

Yes, it really is our boat at the most southerly navigable point on the connected canal system at Godalming.  We’ve previously reached the other compass point extremities so we’ve done them all.

  • North – Tewitfield on the Lancaster Canal
  • South – Godalming on the River Wey
  • West – Llangollen on the Llangollen Canal
  • East – Brandon on the River Little Ouse (also known as Brandon Creek)

We’re moored at Dapdune Wharf overnight and will be gradually making our way back downstream to Woodham Junction at the start of the Basingstoke Canal, ready to film that when the weather improves.  Looking at the forecast that might be a long wait.

River Wey and Basingstoke Canal DVDs

I am pleased to say our River Wey and Basingstoke Canal DVDs have just been released and they will make great Christmas presents.

River Wey and Basingstoke Canal DVD cover (combined version)
River Wey and Basingstoke Canal DVD cover (combined version)

The River Wey and Basingstoke Canal DVDs are available in our usual three formats:-

  • Popular – like a television programme showing the highlights of the canal
  • Bowcam – a forward facing camera, speeded up for a little fun, showing the whole canal
  • Combined – both Popular and Bowcam in one box for the best of both worlds, saving money and postage.
River Wey and Basingstoke Canal DVDs. Popular, Bowcam and Combined (left to right).
River Wey and Basingstoke Canal DVDs.
Popular, Bowcam and Combined (left to right).

Starting at Weybridge and the junction with the River Thames we cruise along the River Wey, past Woodham Junction and through lovely open countryside to reach Dapdune Wharf in Guildford and the limit of navigation at Godalming.

From Woodham Junction, we work the locks on the Basingstoke Canal and pass the visitor centre at Mytchett. We operate the swing and lift bridges on our way to the limit of navigation at Greywell Tunnel.

Continuing on foot, we follow the route of the abandoned canal into Basingstoke.

Route covered by the River Wey and Basingstoke Canal DVDs
Route covered by the River Wey and Basingstoke Canal DVDs

The Popular and Combined DVDs each include an information booklet and a fold-out map.

Contents of the River Wey and Basingstoke Canal Combined DVD. Both Popular and Bowcam discs, a fold-out map and an information booklet.
Contents of the River Wey and Basingstoke Canal Combined DVD.
Both Popular and Bowcam discs, a fold-out map and an information booklet.

Enjoy these lovely waterways from the comfort of your armchair. These River Wey and Basingstoke Canal DVDs, or any others from our range of waterway DVDs, will make great Christmas presents. Why not treat your family and friends, or start dropping hints about what you would like for Christmas.

We also have the River Wey and Basingstoke Canal Maps which are available to download in both Acrobat (pdf) and Memory-Map (qct) formats.

Extract from the River Wey and Basingstoke Canal Map
Extract from the River Wey and Basingstoke Canal Map

The River Wey and Basingstoke Canal Maps are also available on CD in a presentation box which makes them another great Christmas present idea.

River Wey and Basingstoke Canal Map presentation box (thin DVD size)
River Wey and Basingstoke Canal Map presentation box (thin DVD size)

A big thank you to the Basingstoke Canal Authority and the National Trust for permission to film along their waterways.